The John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship was established in 1978 by the late Mrs Elisabeth Unsworth in honour of her son, John Mitchell Crouch, who died in 1977 at age 36, in the hope that recipients would contribute to the understanding and practice of surgery in keeping with the skills and promise demonstrated by her son. The Fellowship was first awarded in 1979 and is the most prestigious RACS award. 

Who can apply?

RACS Fellows.

Please note that this Fellowship is not available for FRACS applicants.


The John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship is awarded to an individual who is making an outstanding contribution to the advancement of surgery or to fundamental scientific research in the field in which they are now actively working. The Fellowship must be used to assist with the continuation of this work.

Applicants must be a Fellow of RACS who is a resident of Australia or New Zealand, with their RACS Fellowship or comparable overseas qualification obtained within the past 15 years (2005 or later).

The successful applicant is expected to attend the Convocation ceremony at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in May in the year of Fellowship for a formal presentation - in 2021 this will take place in Melbourne. The Fellowship recipient must also be prepared to make a 20 to 25 minute oral presentation at the ASC on their research work, including the contribution arising from the award.

Please read the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship policy (PDF 43.75KB) before applying.

It is essential that you also read the Important General Conditions on this website to ensure you are eligible to apply.




One year


Download and email the completed John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship application form (PDF 311.19KB)to by the closing date.


Closing date for applications

Midnight ACST Tuesday 14 April 2020

Applicants will be notified of the outcome in early August 2020.

No late applications will be accepted.

More information

The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Alexander Heriot (PDF 134.78KB), 2016 recipient, Jan/Feb 2017 edition
Zsolt Balogh (PDF 180.7KB), 2015 recipient, Jan/Feb 2016 edition

2019 John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship recipient - Antonio Di Ieva

The John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship for 2019 was received by Associate Professor Antonio Di Ieva.

Associate Professor Di Ieva is an academic neurosurgeon, an Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy and Neurosurgery and a clinical and computational neuroscientist at Macquarie University (Sydney). He has been a staff consultant and/or a clinical/research Fellow in Italy, Austria, Canada and Australia.

Associate Professor Di Ieva will use this Fellowship to establish the first "Computational Neurosurgery Lab", aimed to use to use artificial intelligence and fractal-based computational modelling to characterise "fingerprints" of brain tumours and other diseases of neurosurgical interest. He aims to use artificial intelligence to help clinicians and surgeons with differential diagnosis and decision-making, reducing errors in judgement, with the final goal of improving patients' treatment and outcome.


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